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Russian shopping mall fire kills 64

Russian shopping mall fire kills 64

MOSCOW — At least 64 people, many believed to be children, perished in the Siberian city of Kemerovo as a massive fire swept through a crowded shopping center where fire exits had been blocked, officials said Monday. About 40 people were treated at the site, and at least 10 others were hospitalized, according to Russia’s […]

Kidnapped schoolgirls freed in Nigeria

Kidnapped schoolgirls freed in Nigeria

The majority of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month have been returned, the government says. A presidential aide said 101 schoolgirls were dropped back in the town in the early hours of Wednesday. The government said the army allowed the militants through, so “lives were not lost”, […]

Syria War: Air strikes kill 30 civilians

Syria War: Air strikes kill 30 civilians

Air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed at least 30 civilians on Saturday, a monitor said, almost a month into a blistering Russia-backed regime assault on the Syrian rebel enclave outside Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not say who carried out the strikes on the town of Zamalka in a southern pocket […]

Russia expels 23 British diplomats over nerve toxin attack

Russia expels 23 British diplomats over nerve toxin attack

Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a carefully calibrated retaliatory move against London, which has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating a nerve toxin attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England. Escalating a crisis in relations, Russia said it was also shutting down the activities of the British […]

Syria war: The world must act now says United Nations

Syria war: The world must act now says United Nations

Fighting continued in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area of Syria during the first daily five-hour “pause” ordered by the government’s ally Russia. Activists said there were government air and artillery strikes, while Russia said rebels had shelled a “humanitarian corridor” meant to let civilians leave. As a result, there were no UN aid deliveries or […]

Florida school shooting: 17 confirmed dead

Florida school shooting: 17 confirmed dead

At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, police have said. The suspect has been named as Nikolas Cruz, 19, and is a former student at the school who had been expelled. As the attack unfolded students were forced to hide as police […]

Russian plane crash kills all 71 people on board

Russian plane crash kills all 71 people on board

More than 70 people died when a Russian passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on Sunday, officials say. Saratov Airlines flight 6W703 was heading to Orsk, a city near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, when it went down near the town of Argunovo, about 50 miles south-east of Moscow. Witnesses said the […]

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake has toppled buildings in the Taiwanese city of Hualien, media reports say. The tremor struck at 23:50 (15:50 GMT) about 20km (12 miles) off the island’s east coast. Photographs posted on social media showed extensive damage to roads and high-rise buildings. Emergency services are working to free people who are […]

US train crash kills two and injures 116

US train crash kills two and injures 116

An Amtrak train carrying 147 people has collided with a goods train in the US state of South Carolina, killing two people and injuring 116 others. The two fatalities were both members of Amtrak staff, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has confirmed. He said the incident – the latest in a series in recent years […]

16 bodies pulled from sea off Morocco

16 bodies pulled from sea off Morocco

The bodies of 16 people have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco. Moroccan rescue services recovered the corpses after the crew of a Spanish ship spotted them in the water. A medical official told AFP news agency all the dead were from sub-Saharan Africa, apart […]